The Obama administration scandals kept coming Monday at a dizzying pace, with two new ones cropping up to complement nearly a vast roster of others that have emerged from the administration.
White House Dossier last week noted a total of 20 significant Obama administration scandals, but that was before these latest two and the revelation that the government is keeping track of telephone calls and Internet traffic.
In one the fresh scandals that came to light Monday, CBS News revealed that State Department investigations into misdoings by officials overseas – several having to do with sex – were manipulated or quashed.
From the report:
CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples.
Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”
Meanwhile, another inspector general revealed that nepotism has become an “open and widespread practice” at the Department of Energy, which is already home to the Solyndra scandal. At least a dozen children or other relatives of Energy Department officials have received summer jobs at the agency. One official got positions for two of his kids at the division where he works.
The burgeoning list of Obama scandals is not some remarkable coincidence.
President Obama has set a tone that makes such abuses of power seem more likely and even acceptable by actions such as increasing the size and importance of big government, deriding other branches of power and the private sector, allowing himself and his wife exorbitant vacations at taxpayer expense, and acting unilaterally in defiance of the law and wishes of Congress.
As of 8:15 am ET Tuesday, no new scandals had yet emerged from the Obama administration, though the day is very young.